[nafex ibiblio list] Apricot kernels

David Consolvo fruitopia at firstva.com
Sun Jan 15 19:47:50 EST 2012

I find that kernels of the apricot "Harcot" are delicious, very almond-like.  I limit 
myself to five at a time, though, since apricot kernels have cyanide.  

Wikipedia says that despite being used/eaten in central Asia and around the 

"In 1993, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets tested the 
cyanide content of two 220 gram (8oz) packages of apricot kernels that were 
imported from Pakistan which were being sold in health-food stores as a snack. 
The results showed that each package, if consumed entirely, contained at least 
double the minimum lethal dosage of cyanide for an adult human. The apricot pits 
were recalled and removed from stores.[3] In spite of this, there were no USA 
deaths and only one serious toxicity from apricot kernels reported from 1979 to 
1998.[4] On average, an apricot kernel contains about 0.5 mg of cyanide."

~David Consolvo
Hungrytown, Virginia

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